Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being

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Fortress Press, 2010 - Religion - 186 pages
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Being human is neither abstract nor hypothetical. It is concrete,visceral, and embodied in the everyday experience andrelationships that determine who we are. In that case, arguesdistinguished theologian Shawn Copeland, we have much to learnfrom the embodied experience of black women who, for centuries,have borne in their bodies the identities and pathologies of thosein power.

With rare insight and conviction, Copeland demonstrates howblack women's experience and oppression cast a completelydifferent light on our theological theorems and pious platitudesand reveal them as a kind of mental colonization that still operatespowerfully in our economic and political configurations today.Further, Copeland argues, race and embodiment and relationsof power not only reframe theological anthropology but alsoour notions of discipleship, church, and Christ as well. In fact,she argues, our postmodern situation – marked decidedly by therealities of race, conflict, the remains of colonizing myths, and thehealth of bodies – affords an opportunity to be human (and to bethe body of Christ) with new clarity and effect.

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Body Race and Being
Enfleshing Freedom
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About the author (2010)

M. Shawn Copeland is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College, a former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and a former Convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Copeland has taught theology at Marquette University and Yale University Divinity School. She has also served as adjunct Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans. She has lectured extensively in the United States as well as in Australia, Belgium, Canada, and Nigeria.

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